On Eagles Wings 2- Parenting Lessons

The eagles has many lessons for us.  Last week we looked at the lessons for life that the eagle can teach us.

We discussed how Eagles fly alone or with their own kind, which taught us that we need each other and that as a church, we are better together. The superior eyesight of the eagle taught us to

 

Colossians 3:2 (ESV)

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

 

We learned that eagles only eat live food, that they harness the winds and the storm to use the powers arrayed against them to rise above the turmoil. We also saw that rather than reacting to attacks, and seeking vengeance or fighting annoying, pesky birds, they simply fly higher and higher until the birds cannot cope and consequently fall away.

 

We finished with the news that every year the Eagle plucks out all its feathers and is renewed. This is why Isaiah wrote,

 

Isaiah 40:31 (ESV)

but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

 

Today I want to build on these lessons the eagle teaches us by examining how the eagle teaches it’s young, because we can learn much about how God teaches and moulds our character.

 

1.       THE LESSONS OF COMMITMENT

 

Eagles mate for life. They don’t play the field, they don’t shop around they mate for life. Now there’s some lessons some folks could learn right off the bat.

 

2 Corinthians 6:14 (ESV)

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?

 

If you want to fly with the Eagles, don’t hang out with turkeys all the time!

 

If you are going to pull together in life, in business, in anything, it is really helpful if it is someone who shares the same hopes, dreams and destiny as you.

 

Eagles also actually audition their potential mates. The female will often test the commitment of her potential partner, because, given that they mate for life, they might want to choose pretty carefully. The lesson here is that we should take the time to establish the commitment of someone we intend to partner with.

 

Psalms 1:1 (ESV)

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;

 

Once they mate, they will build a nest they return to year after year, and in this nest they will then bring forth the next generation.

 

They lay eggs, then the eggs hatch, and then the training begins. Today I want to look at the lessons that Eagles teach their eaglets, (cheer leading Eagles).

 

2.       THE LESSONS OF PROTECTION

 

Eagles always nest up high, away from any potential predators. The mother eagle carefully prepares the nest for its eggs, then feeds and cares for them when they hatch.

 

Job 39:27-28 (ESV)

Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up and makes his nest on high?

On the rock he dwells and makes his home, on the rocky crag and stronghold.

 

Eagles live and raise their young in lofty places, far above the mess and dirty of the world below. We want this for our children too, that we might raise them above the filth of this world, and God wants to same for us,His children.

 

A mother eagle is fiercely protective of her young.

 

Psalms 57:1 (ESV)

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by.

 

When the winds and rains of adversity drive against the Eaglets, the mother covers her young with her wings, protecting them, keeping them warm.

 

Psalms 63:7 (ESV)

for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.

 

The lessons here are that we should be Joyful because, as the Psalmist writes,

 

Psalms 46:1 (ESV)

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

 

Today, some of you here need to know that God wants to wrap His wings around you and protect you, just as the eagle does her young. The mother does this for between 4 and 12 weeks, but God wants to protect you for all eternity. As David wrote

 

2 Samuel 22:3 (ESV)

my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my savior; you save me from violence.

 

When God looks at you He sees you as precious, as special, as someone with a destiny. No matter what you’ve done or been, God wants to protect you, so don’t reject Him, don’t walk away. Whoever you are, come and snuggle under his wings of protection today… He loves you so much!

 

3.       THE LESSONS OF PROVISION

 

As well as protection, Eagles provide food for their young.

 

The young eaglets are directly fed raw meat from day one which their mother has hunted for them. The mother eagle feeds her chicks by tearing off pieces of food and holding them to the beaks of the eaglets.

Job 39:29-30 (ESV)

From there he spies out the prey; his eyes behold it from far away.

His young ones suck up blood, and where the slain are, there is he.”

 

The lesson here is that we, as believers, need to look to our Heavenly Father for our provision… In everything. Jesus said,

 

Matthew 6:31-33 (ESV)

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

 

We have learned over this year to trust God for His bountiful provision. Whether it’s finding a property, favour with council, $700,000 for Lily House, tens of thousands for the church, even the $70,000 gift last week for Lily House, we have seen in so many ways that God must build the house.

 

Psalms 91:4 (ESV)

He will cover you with his pinions,

and under his wings you will find refuge;

his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

 

If you have a need today, financial, health, relationships, whatever, look to Jesus not to your own efforts, and allow Him to provide for you, just like a mother eagle provides food for their chick’s.

 

4.       THE LESSON OF TRAINING

 

And the eagle parents also provide training to help the young eaglet grow into a mature adult. And they use discomfort and adversity to do it.

 

James 1:2-4 (ESV)

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete (mature), lacking in nothing.

 

When it is time for the eaglet to learn to fly, the mother begins to remove the comfort layers from the nest, exposing the pricks and sticks.  She doesn’t do it to hurt them, but to prepare them for their destiny.

 

Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV)

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

 

And now the kids are uncomfortable, what does the eagle do next?

 

She then throws the eaglets out of the nest. She does this repeatedly until the eaglet learns to fly. Out of fear, the eaglet jumps back in the nest, with each attempt, shrieking and bleeding from the pricks in the nest. The mother doesn’t yield.

 

To others looking on this may seem heartless. But there is a method to the madness. The process is repeated until the eagle eventually starts flapping its wings, getting stronger and stronger with each flap. Then — swoosh! Away it goes into the air, flying higher and higher rising above its challenges and pain.

 

Deuteronomy 32:10-11 (ESV)

“He found him in a desert land, and in the howling waste of the wilderness;

he encircled him, he cared for him, he kept him as the apple of his eye. Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, that flutters over its young, spreading out its wings, catching them, bearing them on its pinions,

 

A mother eagle throws the baby from the pram, and if he falls, then swoops down and catches him on her wings to keep them from crashing while they are learning to fly. This beautiful word picture is an expression of God’s tender love, which is one of the greatest reasons for obeying God and following his plan.

 

It might seem harsh, but as the eagle trains its young, so the Lord trains us. The symbol for Christianity is a cross, not a cushion. We as people love the comfortable things in life, but God is more interested in character than comfort. We can only grow if we are willing to step out of our comfort zone.

 

God will let you face Adversity, He will even let you suffer the consequences of your sin, but when we face difficult times, we should rejoice, because it is in Adversity that we grow strong in the things of God.

 

Romans 5:3-4 (ESV)

Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,

 

5.       THE LESSONS OF HUNTING

 

Once the Eaglets can fly, that’s not the whole story. They have to learn to survive, to hunt and provide food for themselves and eventually their family.

 

Hunting in eagles seems to be an innate behaviour and skill, but it also has to be practiced. As soon as they are born eagles learn to use their beaks and talons to feed on meat and flesh of their prey that their parents have brought to the nest.

 

But they have to mature and learn to hunt for themselves. They develop this by watching the parents, and also play fighting with each other in the nest, trying to mimic what they have seen their parents doing when they go out for the hunt.

 

I always say to people, ageing is compulsory, but maturity is optional.  You can be in church, go to connect groups, even share the gospel with people, and still never fully mature. You can gain maturity by hanging out with and learning from and imitating more mature Christians. Paul said,

 

Philippians 3:17 (ESV)

Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.

 

Eagles can fly at up to 13000 feet, almost twice the height of Mt Kosciuszko. From up in high they can see prey at up to 3.2 km, and can dive at speeds of over 100 km/h. They can then grasp their prey in their razor-sharp talons. But all this takes skill and practice, and they observe their parents and learn.

 

Who do you  look up to in the Christian faith? There is so much we can learn by following the example of more mature people in Christ. There are people in this room that I look to and respect in the Lord who help me to grow.

 

I have had people I look up to in Christ since I came to Jesus, and I would encourage you younger ones to find an example to follow. You older ones, be ready to love, support, mentor and inspire the next generation.

 

But ultimately, you have to learn to hunt for yourself. You have to learn to read, study, and obey God’s Word, and to hear His voice within.

 

Romans 15:4 (ESV)

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

 

Joshua 1:8 (ESV)

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

 

If you want true success in life, true prosperity, meditate on the Word of God. Are you hunting the Scriptures for yourself yet?

 

WHAT CAN YOU LEARN FROM THE EAGLE?

 

The eagle teaches us many things. Lessons include how to embrace adversity, to rejoice in the problems I face, to harness the power of the storm to rise above, because the hard times grow my maturity. I have learned that when attacked by people, like the eagle I don’t have to react or fight back, but I can rise higher and higher until the pesky birds fall by the wayside.

 

But most of all, the eagle has taught me renewal. So often we can sail through life, same old same old, but so many of us right now are grappling with fears, with disappointments, with pain and hurt. I don’t know about you, but I need to be renewed, every day.

 

Isaiah 40:31 (ESV)

but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

 

The Hebrew word for wait is QAWA, which doesn’t mean sit and waste time. It means to keep doing what you are doing, to actively wait, to hope and to look for with expectancy, and it also means “to bind or twist together.” Waiting on the Lord is being bound, twisted together with God.

 

At this time, you and I need to be twisted together with God, waiting in faith with hope that God will do as He has promised. You can trust Him, no matter the circumstances, because He lives you so much.

 

As God says about Israel…

Exodus 19:4 (ESV)

I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.

 

Psalms 103:5 (ESV)

who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

 

The Hebrew word for “Renew” is HADAS, which means “to exchange,” as taking off old clothing and putting on new. We exchange our weakness for His power, one of the great lessons to learn in life.

 

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (ESV)

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

 

As we trust God, He enables us to soar during a crisis, to run when the challenges are many, and to walk faithfully in the routine day-by-day demands of life. Walking in the ordinary pressures of life can be much more difficult than flying like an eagle in a time of crisis.

 

So what lessons are you facing right now. What pain, what hardship, what Adversity?  Today I am calling you, if you are facing difficulties, to come fly with me, come fly with the Eagles today!

 

WHAT DIFFICULTIES OR LESSONS ARE YOU FACING RIGHT NOW?

WHAT LESSONS ARE YOU LEARNING IN THE MIDST OF YOUR SUFFERING?

HOW DO TRIALS MAKE YOU MORE MATURE? HOW CAN THEY HELP  YOU MINISTER MORE EFFECTIVELY?
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